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VNSA 2016

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog, others books, whimsy | Comments Off

If you’re in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, make note that this weekend is the fantastic, glorious, squee-inducing VNSA Book Sale! This is one of the biggest used book sales in the whole country and it takes up an entire exhibition hall of the State Fairgrounds. See this pic I took last year?

VNSA

That picture was taken on Sunday, which is the LEAST CROWDED of the two days. Saturday is crazy because people line up hours before it opens, the fire marshal regulates how many people can enter the building, and it is really an overwhelming number of books and people. I like Sunday because it’s easier to browse AND all of the normal books are 50% off. This year Sunday happens to be Valentine’s Day. I told my husband that the VNSA sale is what I want. That’s how I roll.

If you go, be sure to take a rolling cart, tote bag, or some way to carry books. Don’t trust your arms alone to safely your treasures.

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FINAL COUNTDOWN

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Blog, clockwork dagger, whimsy | Comments Off

It’s September. We are entering the final countdown.

Sixteen days until the release of The Clockwork Dagger!

Clockwork Dagger

Trade Paperback & eBook

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-06-231384-3

ebook ASIN (Amazon): B00HLIYZ5U

ebook ISBN (Nook): 978-0-06-231385-0

Release: September 16, 2014

Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell’s Books-A-Million Poisoned Pen Changing Hands

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C.E. Murphy’s Fantasy Fudge

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog, others books, whimsy | Comments Off

Let’s be honest. I’m a C.E. Murphy fangirl. I found her books back when I was starting to write again and I really really wanted to be published. I learned how to write 1st person by reading her Walker Papers urban fantasy series. Through  a conversation about fudge (yes, really!) she ended up blurbing The Clockwork Dagger. (I’ll talk more about that on Bready or Not this coming Wednesday in a post I’ve had scheduled for months.)

Shaman RisesAfter the recent Kickstarter potato salad incident, she decided to do a fudge fundraiser via Indiegogo. I have eaten her maple and maple-ginger fudges–mailed all the way from Ireland to Arizona–and it is the kind of stuff that makes the heavens open up and angels sing and you don’t give a damn about the calorie content of what you’re eating, because ****FUDGE.*****

The Fantasy Fudge event is in its final hours. Go take a look at the goodies involved. For $5, you get a bunch of fudge recipes. The woman knows her stuff. I’m really hoping the funds cross the $5k mark so that she writes a story about her character Joanne trying to make fudge.

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Sorry about the alien invasion

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork dagger, whimsy | 2 comments

It’s August 19th, and I’m part of a cooperative effort to blog about the end of the world. I’m doing a different take.

If the world ends in the next few weeks, do know that I’m deeply sorry.

You see, on February 8th, 2009 I blogged about a dream I had. To quote:

I dreamed that I sent out queries for Normal and a male agent responded right away to sign me, and in turn sold the rights quickly. I walked through a massive vault filled to the high ceiling with ARCS of all genres. I searched the shelf for the alphabetical placement of my last name – ah! I found the Cs! It should be right about –

The building shuddered, and a hundred books splatted to the floor like paper meteorites. I ran out of the vault and outside, where I found a full alien attack in progress.

Yeah, that’s my luck.

Yep. That’s how my subconscious works.

As with all prophecies, there are some contingencies involved. Normal brought me together with my agent (who is female), but did not sell. I’ve now had my ARCs for The Clockwork Dagger for a few months and thus far the world hasn’t ended. That I know of. But is the apocalypse caused by my having a book release, period?

There is one book that is coming out today, and even if it doesn’t cause the end of the world, it does describe 26 ways it can happen.

A is for Apocalypse

Listing at Goodreads.

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

There’s a release day party over on Facebook today!

This book would make great reading while you’re sitting in a bunker surrounded by canned food. Just sayin’.

And if The Clockwork Dagger doesn’t bring about our demise in the next while, it’d make good bunker-reading, too. Gremlins make everything better.

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Two-fer-Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog, clockwork dagger, public speaking, whimsy | Comments Off

I’m over at Sara Dobie Bauer’s site with an interview all about The Clockwork Dagger. She’ll have a review of the book up on Thursday! Eep!

Clockwork Dagger

You can also find me at J. Kathleen Cheney’s blog where I discuss the joys of grammatical goofs.

On that subject, Weird Al’s new video has brought me much happiness on a morning where my allergies are doing unkind things to my body. Thanks for the distraction, Al. <3

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A bit of wit while I’m away at Comicon

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Blog, whimsy | Comments Off

No matter what genre you write, the first draft is always horror.

Grab the image and feel free to post it on your blog, Tumblr, Pinterest board, etc. No need to ask.

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